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Written by Dr. Karina Gobin on November 4, 2022

Thanksgiving and Allergies

Hard to believe, but we are already nearing the end of 2022! With Halloween over, the holiday season is in full swing. As we prepare for fun times with family, we should also think about other things are associated with being away from your norm.

You may be spending time at family and friends homes over the next few months. If you are pet allergic, it is important to find out what pets they may have and what precautions you may need to take to avoid feeling allergic. Keeping pets out of the room you may sleep in prior to arrival is a good way to reduce your allergen burden.

Food allergies can also be difficult to navigate during the holidays. Often times the table is set with multiple dishes that can be store bought or homemade. While store bought may come with an ingredient list, homemade dishes can be harder to decipher. Let people know about you or your loved ones allergies. Consider having allergenic items on a separate table or having labels by each dish.

Be sure that your medications are not expired and you have them prior to travel. At home we can just reach into our medicine cabinet, but having to deal with a reaction and limited access is no fun. Additionally, if you have sensitive skin, bring your own soap in addition to your regular toiletries.

Small steps prior can help you have the best time during your holiday season!

Article written by Dr. Karina Gobin

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